50 Oil Paintings Inspired by Seasons (of Life and Nature)

Oil painting “Generational Tree” by artist Natalie Buske Thomas

Seasons

“Seasons (of life and nature)” is the current collection, for 2022: New art is added as Natalie finishes each piece. Subscribe to Natalie’s blog to receive notifications of new paintings on the very day she finishes them. Scroll down to see the menu of finished paintings and the progress made on this collection to date.

Paintings in this collection celebrate seasons of life (metaphorical, representational, or inspired-by-real-life scenes about milestones, rites of passage, and shared human experiences of love, aging, family, and beyond) as well as seasons of nature (literal scenes depicting autumn, summer, fall, and winter). Natalie’s art is produced as free videosprints for sale, fashion and books. Links to art in the collection are on this page and will be updated as each new painting is finished. “50 Oil Paintings Inspired by Seasons” (book four in the “50 Oil Paintings Inspired by” series) is scheduled to be published in November 2022. Previous finished collections in the “50 Oil Paintings Inspired by” series: Nature (2021), Christian Faith (2020), and Savannah, Georgia (2019).

List of Oil Paintings in this Collection, linking to their pages here on the site, and also citing physical pages in the upcoming hardcover book:

  1. Spring and Summer
    1.1  page 6-7
    1.2 page 8-11
    1.3 page 12-13
    1.4 page 14-15
    1.5 page 16-17
    1.6 page 18-19
    1.7 page 20-21
    1.8 page 22-23
    1.9 page 24-25
    1.10 page 26-27
  2. Weddings and Babies
    2.1 page 30-31
    2.2 page 32-33
    2.3 page 34-35
    2.4 page 36-37
    2.5 page 38-39
    2.6 page 40-41
    2.7 page 42-43
    2.8 page 44-45
  3. Autumn and Harvest
    3.1 “Autumn Leaves” page 48-49
    3.2 page 50-51
    3.3 page 52-53
    3.4 page 54-55
    3.5 page 56-57
    3.6 page 58-59
  4. Changes and Milestones
    4.1 page 62-63
    4.2 page 64-65
    4.3 page 66-67
    4.4 page 68-69
    4.5 page 70-71
    4.6 page 72-73
    4.7 page 74-77
    4.8 “Generational Tree” page 78-79 
  5. Winter and Bereavement
    5.1 page 82-83
    5.2 page 84-85
    5.3 page 86-87
    5.4 page 88-89
    5.5 page 90-91
    5.6 page 92-93
    5.7 page 94-95
    5.8 page 96-97
    5.9 page 98-99
  6. Celebrations and Holidays
    6.1 page 102-103
    6.2 page 104-105
    6.3  page 106-107
    6.4  page 108-109
    6.5  page 110-111
    6.6 page 112-113
    6.7 page 114-115
    6.8 page 116-117
    6.9 page 118-119

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“Grandpa Smiles” Videos

Watch me paint the illustrations for children’s book Grandpa Smiles

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“Flying to Heaven”

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“This art (‘Flying to Heaven’) is the eighth illustration for my first oil painting book Grandpa Smiles, published in 2014. It is a short sweet inspirational and comforting children’s book about losing a grandparent. A family’s love is forever.”

NOTE: There are several more oil paintings featured in the book that do not have videos:

  1. The boy’s karate class attire and backpack
  2. His shoes
  3. Profile of the boy as preteen and teen
  4. Portrait of the boy’s grandparents on the wall

Items 2-3 were done on scrap flatboard. Item 4 was a previous painting for a gallery exhibit.

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“Cardinal in a Tree”

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“This art (‘Cardinal in a Tree’) is the seventh illustration for my first oil painting book Grandpa Smiles, published in 2014. It is a short sweet inspirational and comforting children’s book about losing a grandparent. A family’s love is forever.”

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“Hospital”

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“This art (‘Hospital’) is the fifth illustration for my first oil painting book Grandpa Smiles, published in 2014. It is a short sweet inspirational and comforting children’s book about losing a grandparent. A family’s love is forever.”

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“Flutters By”

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“This art ‘Blue Butterfly’ (the ‘Flutters By’ scene) is the third illustration for my first oil painting book Grandpa Smiles, published in 2014. It is a short sweet inspirational and comforting children’s book about losing a grandparent. A family’s love is forever.”

Blue Butterfly” is included in the collection “50 Oil Paintings Inspired by Nature“.

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“The Toddler Creeps”

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“This art (‘The Toddler Creeps’) is the second illustration for my first oil painting book Grandpa Smiles, published in 2014. It is a short sweet inspirational and comforting children’s book about losing a grandparent. A family’s love is forever.”

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“The Baby Sleeps”

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“This art (‘The Baby Sleeps’) is the beginning illustration for my first oil painting book Grandpa Smiles, published in 2014. It is a short sweet inspirational and comforting children’s book about losing a grandparent. A family’s love is forever.”

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“We Gather Together”

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“What is the holiday season like in Savannah? What is Thanksgiving like? Wherever our home is, is where we gather together. Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s pretty much the same, although there are some differences. There are more fireworks here, probably because the weather is mild. I’d love to see the ones that they show over Tybee Island on New Year’s. How exciting and beautiful that must be! But it will be hard for me to make the commitment to leave the house, because my favorite place to be for all of the major holidays is home, with my children and husband.

This painting is in a different style than I usually paint. It is meant to be representational, to allow you to imagine your own loved ones sitting around that table. It is, naturally, my own family, but I invite you to place yours there instead.

I look forward to this year’s holiday season, when it doesn’t really matter where we live, as the best part of the celebration is who we’re with. It’s hard when family members are missing due to temporary or permanent absence. I’ve lost both of my parents and many others as well. I think of them during the holidays, and I reach out to those who are facing their first Christmas without a loved one. We never know what tomorrow holds. Love is the most important thing, and it lives forever.

We Gather Together oil painting by Natalie Buske Thomas

List of Oil Paintings in this Collection, linking to their pages here on the site, and also citing physical pages in the hardcover book:

  1. City of Savannah
    1.1 “City of Savannah” page 6-7
    1.2 “Natalie at the Fountain” page 8-11
    1.3 “House in Savannah” page 12-13
    1.4 “Guardian Lion” page 14-15
    1.5 “Autumn Angel” page 16-17
    1.6 “Steamship Savannah” page 18-19
    1.7 “Boiled Peanuts for Sale” page 20-21
    1.8 “Bulldog” page 22-23
    1.9 “Serenity Piano” page 24-25
    1.10 “Painting Colors” page 26-27
  2. Tybee Island
    2.1 “I Love Life” page 30-31
    2.2 “Living Sand Dollar” page 32-33
    2.3 “Matthew the Sea Turtle” page 34-35
    2.4 “Fungie the Dolphin” page36-37
    2.5 “Angel Releasing Dove” page 38-39
    2.6 “Flag on Tybee Island” page 40-41
    2.7 “My Kids at the Beach” page 42-43
    2.8 “Lighthouse near Tybee Island” page 44-45
  3. Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians
    3.1 “Gator and Snake” page 48-49
    3.2 “Tree Frog” page 50-51
    3.3 “Lizard” page 52-53
    3.4 “Blue Heron” page 54-55
    3.5 “Hummingbird” page 56-57
    3.6 “Painted Bunting” page 58-59
  4. Flowers and Trees
    4.1 “Pink Flower” page 62-63
    4.2 “Porch Flowers” page 64-65
    4.3 “Clover” page 66-67
    4.4 “Butterfly Tree Flowers” page 68-69
    4.5 “Savannah Tree” page 70-71
    4.6 “Dancer in a Floral Forest” page 72-73
    4.7 “Come to the Garden” page 74-77
    4.8 “Cherokee Rose” page 78-79
  5. Faith and Food
    5.1 “Floral Cross” page 82-83
    5.2 “Lenten Flower” page 84-85
    5.3 “Celtic Cross” page 86-87
    5.4 “Mary of God’s Favor” page 88-89
    5.5 “Lion and the Lamb” page 90-91
    5.6 “Breakfast with Friends” page 92-93
    5.7 “Peaches in a Bowl” page 94-95
    5.8 “Peach Cookies” page 96-97
    5.9 “Peach Pie” page 98-99
  6. Seasons and Weather
    6.1 “Pumpkins and Mums” page 102-103
    6.2 “Autumn Cottage” page 104-105
    6.3 “Spring Lambs” page 106-107
    6.4 “Peach Tree Hurricane” page 108-109
    6.5 “Eye of the Storm” page 110-111
    6.6 “God’s Promise” page 112-113
    6.7 “We Gather Together” page 114-115
    6.8 “Savannah Snow” page 116-117
    6.9 “I Believe in Santa” page 118-119

“God’s Promise”

“When we lived in Ireland, there were rainbows almost daily, including many glorious double rainbows. Here in coastal Georgia, we don’t get rainbows nearly as often, but more regularly than other places I’ve lived. It’s the humid coastal climate that produces them and I appreciate it every time.

This art was inspired by seeing a double rainbow from the van that seemed to follow us all the way home. Most of the time I saw it over forestry, like this, and that’s a similar view that I have from the house- which is where it ended up. On the way, people were on their phones or scowling, while at the red light. I wanted to say, “Look UP!” I was discouraged by how people were missing it.

Then, we stopped at the gas station and someone was out of their car to take pictures of the double rainbow. My hope was restored! We do still notice and appreciate God’s Promise. All we have to do is remember to look UP.

God’s Promise oil painting by Natalie Buske Thomas

List of Oil Paintings in this Collection, linking to their pages here on the site, and also citing physical pages in the hardcover book:

  1. City of Savannah
    1.1 “City of Savannah” page 6-7
    1.2 “Natalie at the Fountain” page 8-11
    1.3 “House in Savannah” page 12-13
    1.4 “Guardian Lion” page 14-15
    1.5 “Autumn Angel” page 16-17
    1.6 “Steamship Savannah” page 18-19
    1.7 “Boiled Peanuts for Sale” page 20-21
    1.8 “Bulldog” page 22-23
    1.9 “Serenity Piano” page 24-25
    1.10 “Painting Colors” page 26-27
  2. Tybee Island
    2.1 “I Love Life” page 30-31
    2.2 “Living Sand Dollar” page 32-33
    2.3 “Matthew the Sea Turtle” page 34-35
    2.4 “Fungie the Dolphin” page36-37
    2.5 “Angel Releasing Dove” page 38-39
    2.6 “Flag on Tybee Island” page 40-41
    2.7 “My Kids at the Beach” page 42-43
    2.8 “Lighthouse near Tybee Island” page 44-45
  3. Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians
    3.1 “Gator and Snake” page 48-49
    3.2 “Tree Frog” page 50-51
    3.3 “Lizard” page 52-53
    3.4 “Blue Heron” page 54-55
    3.5 “Hummingbird” page 56-57
    3.6 “Painted Bunting” page 58-59
  4. Flowers and Trees
    4.1 “Pink Flower” page 62-63
    4.2 “Porch Flowers” page 64-65
    4.3 “Clover” page 66-67
    4.4 “Butterfly Tree Flowers” page 68-69
    4.5 “Savannah Tree” page 70-71
    4.6 “Dancer in a Floral Forest” page 72-73
    4.7 “Come to the Garden” page 74-77
    4.8 “Cherokee Rose” page 78-79
  5. Faith and Food
    5.1 “Floral Cross” page 82-83
    5.2 “Lenten Flower” page 84-85
    5.3 “Celtic Cross” page 86-87
    5.4 “Mary of God’s Favor” page 88-89
    5.5 “Lion and the Lamb” page 90-91
    5.6 “Breakfast with Friends” page 92-93
    5.7 “Peaches in a Bowl” page 94-95
    5.8 “Peach Cookies” page 96-97
    5.9 “Peach Pie” page 98-99
  6. Seasons and Weather
    6.1 “Pumpkins and Mums” page 102-103
    6.2 “Autumn Cottage” page 104-105
    6.3 “Spring Lambs” page 106-107
    6.4 “Peach Tree Hurricane” page 108-109
    6.5 “Eye of the Storm” page 110-111
    6.6 “God’s Promise” page 112-113
    6.7 “We Gather Together” page 114-115
    6.8 “Savannah Snow” page 116-117
    6.9 “I Believe in Santa” page 118-119